PGWI- Philadelphia Global Water Initiative

This organization is a collaboration of interested organizations and individuals committed to increasing global access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services, and engaging the resources and expertise of the Philadelphia region and beyond.


Please see these maps for information on parking and arriving at the conference


The full agenda for the April 10th Conference is now available.  Click the link to view: Agenda 2014

Register here:

Tickets will also be available at the door

Furthermore, PGWI will be hosting a smaller event on April 9th, in Huntsman Hall, room G-60 from 3pm-5pm.  This event will feature Mr. Hariprasad Hegde, Head – Operations, Wipro Ltd.  He will present an overview of water challenges in India in the 21st century.  This will be followed by a presentation by Dr. Urmila Malvadkar and Ms. Reema Walia on their research that details the water challenges of 5 rapidly urbanizing cities throughout the world.  Click the link for more information April 9 Event.  

Finally, you can read a report that contains the research that Dr. Malvadkar and Ms. Walia will present.  Research report

We hope you can attend this event on April 9th, in addition to the conference on April 10

PGWI’s 7th Annual Conference-April 10, 2014 

Behrakis Hall Drexel University

Creese Student Center

32nd and Chestnut Streets

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Transportation will be provided after the event to the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center for the reception.

640 Waterworks Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19130

The seventh annual conference of the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative will be held at Drexel University on April 10, 2014. The conference title is “Urban Water Solutions in the Developing World — Sustainable services and just policies for the poor. International keynote speakers include Kusum Athukorala, Women for Water Partnership [Sri Lanka], and Janine Cooper, Representative to the African Union, Economic Commission for Africa. Panelists will include representatives from the World Bank, the US Agency for International Development [USAID], and the US Environmental Protection Agency [USEPA]. The Conference will provide insights to technical, financial, and institutional issues in providing water and sanitation services to a rapidly-urbanizing world. Special attention will be given to the United Nation’s efforts of developing global post-2015 goals, especially for the poor in urban and peri-urban areas. A reception at the Fairmont Water Works Interpretive Center will follow the Conference.

Purchase your ticket now by following the link below:


Save the Date!  PGWI’s 2014 Conference 

  “Urban Water Solutions in the Developing World: Sustainable services and just policies for the poor” 

will be held on April 10.  Click the link for ticket information.


Ananta Nair

Gender & Water: Leading Beyond the Burden Conference

Thank you to all that attended the conference.  It really was a success.  Thanks to the speakers, sponsors, partners and volunteers that helped make our 6th annual conference so special! Proceedings is now available. Proceedings PGWI 6th Annual Conference.

The conference was held on April 9, 2013 at University of Pennsylvania- The Wharton School  Topic- Gender and Water  In collaboration with wH2O Journal, IGEL and Drexel University College of Public Health

A special thank you to Mina Das who gave the keynote address talking about her grassroots organization NISHTHA. Click below to hear the highlights from her interview.

Click Here for Full Interview


6th Annual PGWI Conference 2013

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